Pittsburgh Pirates Prospect Watch 8/29/11


A look at how the current top 10 prospects did today.  Note that this list doesn’t include players currently in the majors. Rankings as of 8/16/11.

1. Gerrit Cole, RHP (No Stats) - DNP

2. Jameson Taillon, RHP (2-3, 4.16) - Next probable start 9/3

3. Luis Heredia, RHP (1-2, 4.75) - Season Completed

4. Starling Marte, CF (.335) - 3-for-5, 2B, 3B

5. Josh Bell, RF (No Stats) - DNP

6. Robbie Grossman, RF (.300) - 3-for-5, 2 2B, RBI

7. Tony Sanchez, C (.239) - 1-for-3, RBI

8. Stetson Allie, RHP (0-2, 6.84) - DNP

9. Kyle McPherson, RHP (7-5, 3.40) - Next probable start 8/30

10. Colton Cain, LHP (6-8, 3.64) - DNP


Top Pitcher: Nelson Figueroa, RHP (1-1, 1.69) – 9.0 IP, 8 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 10 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Andy Vasquez, 2B (.276) – 2-for-5, 2 HR, 4 RBI

Home Runs: Pedro Alvarez (5), Jordy Mercer (4), Andy Vasquez 2 (5)


Nelson Figueroa pitched a shutout for Indianapolis.

Box Score

Result: Indianapolis 9, Toledo 1

Starting Pitcher: Nelson Figueroa, RHP (1-1, 1.69) – 9.0 IP, 8 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 10 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Jordy Mercer, 2B (.248) – 3-for-5, HR, RBI

Other Notable Performers

Pedro Alvarez, 3B (.280) – 1-for-4, HR, 4 RBI, 3 K

Pedro Ciriaco, SS (.221) – 3-for-5

John Bowker, LF (.308) – 2-for-5, 3 RBI

Game Notes: Nancy Zinni’s game recap.


Marte set an Altoona record for most hits in a season, passing Nate McLouth.

Box Score

Result: Altoona 5, Bowie 1

Starting Pitcher: Aaron Pribanic, RHP (10-9, 3.98) – 6.0 IP, 7 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Starling Marte, CF (.335) – 3-for-5, 2B, 3B

Other Notable Performers

Andrew Lambo, RF (.268) – 2-for-5, RBI

Tony Sanchez, C (.239) – 1-for-3, RBI

Duke Welker, RHP (6.43) – 1.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

Game Notes: Wilbur Miller’s game recap.  Also of note, Starling Marte set an Altoona franchise record for most hits in a season, previously held by Nate McLouth.


Baker had his third straight strong outing.

Box Score

Result: Bradenton 11, St. Lucie 3

Starting Pitcher: Nathan Baker, LHP (10-8, 3.33) – 6.0 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 8 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Robbie Grossman, RF (.300) – 3-for-5, 2 2B, RBI

Other Notable Performers

Victor Black, RHP (3.18) – 2.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 4 K, 0 HR

Elevys Gonzalez, 3B (.319) – 2-for-5

Cole White, 1B (.290) – 2-for-3, RBI

Game Notes: Nathan Baker hasn’t allowed an earned run in his last three starts, spanning 18 innings.  He has an 18:4 K/BB ratio in that stretch.  Robbie Grossman now has 34 doubles on the year, and is on fire in the month of August, with a .344 average and a 1.022 OPS.  Cole White is also having a good month of August, hitting for a .360/.429/.520 line.  Elevys Gonzalez extended his hitting streak to 13 games.  He’s recorded a hit in all but two games this month, with a .400/.455/.544 line in August.


Box Score

Result: West Virginia 17, Lexington 7

Starting Pitcher: Eliecer Navarro, LHP (4-0, 2.81) – 5.1 IP, 7 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, 1 HR

Top Hitter: Andy Vasquez, 2B (.276) – 2-for-5, 2 HR, 4 RBI

Other Notable Performers

Casey Sadler, RHP (2.59) – 2.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

Justin Howard, DH (.266) – 3-for-4, 2 2B, 4 RBI

Dan Grovatt, RF (.291) – 3-for-4, 2B, BB

Elias Diaz, C (.208) – 3-for-5, 2B, 3B, 4 RBI

Game Notes: West Virginia got out to a huge lead, thanks to an eight run fourth inning, making the score 11-2 at the time.  Andy Vasquez hit a solo homer in the third, and a three run shot in the fourth.  Justin Howard is now 7-for-9 in his last two games, and now has 36 doubles on the year.  Eliecer Navarro has made seven starts for West Virginia, with a 3.22 ERA in 36.1 innings, along with a 32:7 K/BB ratio.  Casey Sadler has a 1.71 ERA in 31.2 innings in the second half this year, with a 27:6 K/BB ratio.


Box Score

Result: State College 2, Batavia 1

Starting Pitcher: Matt Benedict, RHP (4-3, 3.93) – 5.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 0 HR

Top Hitter: Ashley Ponce, SS (.180) – 1-for-2, 2B, BB

Other Notable Performers

Chris Lashmet, 3B (.227) – 1-for-3, BB, RBI

Alex Dickerson, 1B (.299) – 1-for-4

Game Notes: Matt Benedict has given up just one earned run over 20 innings in his last four starts, along with a 13:2 K/BB ratio.  Alex Dickerson is hitting for a .300/.420/.463 line in the month of August.


AAA: Indianapolis Indians – 72-66, 2nd Place, 13.0 GB

AA: Altoona Curve – 61-73, 6th Place, 15.5 GB

A+: Bradenton Marauders – 69-63 Overall, 39-23 2nd Half, 1st Place

A: West Virginia Power – 64-68 Overall, 29-35 2nd Half, 6th Place, 9.0 GB

A-: State College Spikes – 27-42, 6th Place, 14.5 GB

RK: GCL Pirates – 34-26, Season Completed

RK: DSL Pirates – 41-30, Season Completed

RK: VSL Pirates – 40-32, Season Completed

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  • Anonymous

    Congrats to Marte on his record setting season at Altoona. Nice to see a sweep for our minor leaguers yesterday.

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